Making sure your teeth look as white and clean as possible is the key to having the kind of attractive, appealing smile you’ve always dreamed of. Whilst a good dental hygiene regime and the right diet can go a long way toward keeping the enamel of your teeth in the best possible condition, there are still some forms of discolouration or staining which have to be dealt with within the expert confines of a dental clinic. In the past, cleaning of this kind would have meant visiting a hygienist and having debris, plaque and tartar removed from your teeth using a variety of scraping tools and scouring discs. Treatment of this kind, however, was often lengthy and uncomfortable, which meant that many people did their best to avoid it, opting to put up with dull, grey teeth. The good news is that the development of new technology has led to a new form of cleaning known as Air Flow Stain Removal Treatment. This is an advanced method of tooth polishing which utilises a machine which combines water, compressed air and fine powder particles in a highly targeted flow which leaves the teeth feeling and looking ultra-clean. What Is Air Flow Stain Treatment? Although most dentists can offer a variety of teeth whitening treatments able to lift the brightness of patient’s teeth by several shades, there are still some stains which are impervious to bleaching. These generally take the form of stains which are deeply imbedded within the pores of the patients enamel, and appear as dark brown/yellow or grey lines and spots which mar the surface of the teeth and can clearly be seen by others when you smile. The irony of heavy staining of this type is that the stains themselves as so thick that they stop any bleaching agent actually entering the pores of the enamel, meaning that the parts of the smile most badly effected by staining are, in fact, the parts which can’t be improved with bleaching. Another factor to bear in mind is that, if the fronts of the teeth are stained in this manner then the backs are likely to be even more badly affected. One way around this problem is to use Air Flow Treatment to remove heavy staining before embarking upon whitening treatment. How Does it Work? In the past, it has been possible to use ultra-sonic cleaning devices to deal with particularly bad stains, but this new treatment is even more effective and much more convenient. The Air Flow machine directs a stream of water, compressed air and extra fine sodium particles at the surface of the teeth, and this mixture removes particles at the same time as gently polishing. If you plan on accessing teeth whitening treatment then the Air Flow machine will, as explained previously, make the bleaching more effective, but for many patients with only minor staining caused by tea, coffee, nicotine or foodstuffs, the Air Flow treatment is the only cleaning required. It should be borne in mind that patients undertaking Air Flow treatment are advised not to wear a black top for their visit to the surgery since it is likely to end up being coated in a dusting of fine white particles around the area of the neck. There are many advantages to Air Flow treatment when compared to more traditional cleaning methods and some of the main plus points are as follows: Better Cleaning The jet employed by Air Flow is highly effective at removing stains, plaque build-up and deposits of other material, but it can also reach into periodontal pockets along the line of the gums to a depth of five millimetres. It is also much more effective than traditional scraping and polishing when it comes to removing the sticky film which appears on the teeth when plaque builds up and combines with bacteria to attack the teeth and the gums, often leading to gingivitis or periodontal disease. Another advantage of Air Flow is that it is perfectly safe when used on patients who have crowns, veneers, implants and bridges. Greater Patient Comfort One of the greatest advantages of Air Flow over more traditional treatments is the fact that it is a non-invasive treatment and is therefore much more comfortable for the patient and much less likely to cause damage to the delicate soft tissue of the gums. The approach taken in the past would have involved physically scraping at the surface of the teeth and gums using tools such as curettes and sharply pointed scrapers. The lack of actual physical contact also means that the teeth and gums aren’t subjected to pressure, vibrations and friction based heat, meaning that this is a treatment which manages to combine dramatically improved results with a much more comfortable and pleasant experience for the patient. Another innovation is the use of ultra-fine particles when polishing, rather than a thick and heavy paste, as was traditionally the case. This means that the feel in the mouth of the patient is much less gritty and disagreeable, and future developments will even include Air Flow being offered in a variety of pleasing flavours such as mint. Less Sensitive Teeth People who suffer from sensitive teeth, and therefore experience pain when trying to enjoy hot or cold food and drink, can benefit greatly from Air Flow cleaning. The first advantage is the fact that the lack of physical contact, heat or the force of vibration will ensure that any sensitivity is not exacerbated. Secondly, the Air Flow technique will actually help to deal with the problem of sensitivity, since the tiny particles of powder used in the compressed air and water stream will help to seal the microscopic holes in the surface of the enamel whilst, in the longer term, also encouraging the restorative process known as ‘re-mineralisation’. Faster Treatments The high tech nature of Air Flow treatment means that teeth can be cleaned as much as three times faster than when using traditional methods. This means that the patient wishing to improve the appearance of their teeth will have to spend much less time actually visiting the surgery, something which will be hugely appreciated by anyone having to fit their dental treatment around a busy working, family and social life. The fact that the method is less abrasive also means that less damage is caused to the surface of the enamel, whilst small areas of decay can be ‘blasted’ away by the Air Flow without your dentist having to drill into an otherwise healthy tooth. Orthodontic Treatment Many of the cosmetic treatments offered by a modern dental surgery require the use of agents such as sealants and bonding materials. Teeth which have just been cleaned using Air Flow have been cleansed of virtually 100 per cent of the toxins and bacteria which are found within the human mouth. This means that the teeth have been ideally prepared for the treatment about to be carried out, greatly boosting the chances of a successful outcome. Traditional polishes, what’s more, contain glycerine, a substance which has been known to interfere with the successful bonding process, whilst Air Flow is glycerine free and thus provides the perfect environment for successful orthodontic treatment. The use of Air Flow technology is a major leap forward in the field of dental hygiene and teeth whitening, offering results which are quicker and more effective via a treatment which is much more convenient and pleasant than the less advanced options once provided. At Perfect Smile Dental Surgery – London’s premier clinic – it is now possible to book an appointment for Air Flow stain removal treatment, combined with a course of home whitening, at the bargain price of just £175.00. Having the smile you’ve always dreamed of has never been easier or more affordable.